Gary L. Francione


On his book Animals as Persons: Essays on the Abolition of Animal Exploitation

Cover Interview of February 01, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Is the ability to do calculus morally better than the ability to fly with your wings?”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“I reject the notion that, as an empirical matter, animals do not have an interest in whether or not they continue to exist but only have an interest in being treated well.”

On the second:

“The only justifications we have for the pain, suffering, and death that we impose on billions of animals are that we enjoy eating animal foods, or that it is convenient to do so, or that it is just plain habit.  We treat some nonhumans as members of our family; we stick forks into others.”